Daunte Wright's parents speak out after verdict for former officer Kim Potter

Kim Potter was convicted of manslaughter in Wright's shooting death.

December 24, 2021, 1:27 PM

The parents of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed by police during a chaotic traffic stop in Minnesota earlier this year, spoke out after a former officer was convicted of manslaughter in his death.

PHOTO: This inmate photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections , Dec. 23, 2021, shows former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter. Potter was convicted on Thursday of two manslaughter charges in the killing of Daunte Wright.
This inmate photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections , Dec. 23, 2021, shows former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter. Potter was convicted on Thursday of two manslaughter charges in the killing of Daunte Wright.
Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP

Katie Bryant, Wright's mother, said she could "never forgive" former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter charges Thursday.

"When they read first guilty my heart dropped and I let out a wail and buried my head in his chest. Tears of joy," said Bryant.

Potter, who was a 26-year veteran on the force and training officer, claimed that she mistook her service weapon for her Taser during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021.

The 49-year-old had pleaded not guilty to both manslaughter charges. During the trial, Potter delivered emotional testimony in her own defense, saying that she "didn't want to hurt anybody."

PHOTO: Daunte Wright is pictured in an undated photo released by the Wright family.
Daunte Wright is pictured in an undated photo released by the Wright family.
Wright Family

"Never. I could never forgive that woman. She took my son away from me," said Wright's father, Aubrey Wright, on "Good Morning America."

The mostly white Minnesota jury, which was composed of six men and six women, deliberated for nearly 27 hours over the course of four days to reach both guilty verdicts.

The trial took place at the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis which is the same courthouse where former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd.

PHOTO: Damik Wright, brother of Daunte Wright, reacts after the verdict was read in the trial of Kim Potter on Dec. 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Damik Wright, brother of Daunte Wright, reacts after the verdict was read in the trial of Kim Potter on Dec. 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was found guilty on two counts of manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.
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Dozens of people had gathered outside of the courthouse on Thursday to support Wright and his family. Bryant said that the verdict is a small step toward justice.

"For us, as a family, it gives us a sense of hope that police in America won't be able to pull a gun instead of Taser and there hopefully will be no other Dauntes," said Bryant.

PHOTO: Aubrey Wright and Katie Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, speak outside the Hennepin County Courthouse after the verdict was announced in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dec. 23, 2021.
Aubrey Wright and Katie Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, speak outside the Hennepin County Courthouse after the verdict was announced in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dec. 23, 2021.
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Potter was immediately taken into custody on Thursday without bail.

The maximum sentence for first-degree manslaughter is 15 years and a $30,000 fine, and for second-degree manslaughter, it's 10 years and a $20,000 fine.

Potter's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

ABC News' Kiara Alfonseca contributed to this report.

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